Lessons From Women In The ALBA Nations
Two stories, two women, two countries
The struggle of women in contemporary day Nicaragua and the story of one woman in Cuba in the 1960’s intersect to paint a picture of women in the midst of a social transformation. The road to equality and women’s participation through education as a tool of social transformation from a women’s perspective.
Friday November 9 @ 7 pm
Casa Maiz – 1280 Finch Ave. West 2nd floor
Food and beverages will be provided
Sandra Ramos, founder and director of Nicaragua's "Maria Elena Cuadra" Movement for Working and Unemployed Women (MEC), which supports unemployed and indigenous women and those working in free trade zones in eight departments of Nicaragua.
The organization was founded in 1994 and is an autonomous women’s movement that aims for the inclusion and full participation of women in the Nicaraguan society. To achieve these goals MEC works from a gender perspective on the organisation, education and training of women. MEC addresses a wide set of issues affecting women such as domestic violence as well as social, labour and economic rights. It also engages in advocacy initiatives to promote changes in public policy and legislation in order to improve the living standards of working and unemployed women.
Shirley Langer, author currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Anita’s Revolution is a novel, a work of historical fiction inspired by the success of the Cuban Literacy Campaign which took place in 1961. The book explains how Cuba began educating its masses of illiterate people, people long ignored by successive governments and society. It’s about how the social classes of Cuba, so long separated, were united. It’s about how literacy empowered each individual and Cuban society, forever changing the nation. No less, this book is about the potential of youth to make significant contributions to society if given the opportunity.
“Langer, who knew Cuba intimately during this unique time when the forces of change and resistance led to uncivil war when even the army of children were persecuted by those who feared social change, has written Anita’s narrative with the authenticity it requires. She knows the back-story, has absorbed the empirical setting and interviewed the real characters in her documentary novel. This book feels like Cuba, its intonation and tensions, its exhausted but resolute idealism.”
~ Linda Rogers, award-winning Canadian author
Organized by: Common Frontiers, Horizons of Friendship, The Maquila Solidarity Network and Toronto Forum on Cuba
Endorsed by: Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN)
Lecciones de Mujeres provenientes de Naciones del ALBA